The Yard at The Lock-Up Est. 1988

90 Hunter Street, Newcastle, New South Wales, 2300, Australia

Lawbreakers rejoice in revelry in this repurposed 19th century police station. 
Host an intimate dinner party or even a remarkable reception in the former prisoners’ exercise Yard and reflect on the notorious past of this artistic event space.
The Lowdown
Type
Art Gallery
Historic Building
Views
Historical Monument
Style
Colonial
Contemporary
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

The Lock-Up is a unique cultural destination located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct. The building was originally Newcastle’s Police Station and Lock-Up from 1861 to 1982 and is an important example of colonial government architecture.

Now operating as a contemporary art space and inner city creative hub, the heritage listed building includes a purpose built gallery space, rare heritage listed cells, an event and installation space in what was the former exercise yard which has been sympathetically renovated to create a striking one-of-a-kind venue.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

Prices are based on events with less than 80 guests. Events with more than 80 guests will require an additional supervising staff member at $35 per hour per, with a minimum call time of 3hrs. Supervising staff members are required to protect the venues heritage and artworks during private events. Supervising Staff must be present on site during all visits by hirers and guests including additional bump-in/out hours.

Base Rate includes up to 4 hours including bump-in and out time. Anytime over this will be charged at $130 per hour.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
70
Buffet
N/A
Standing
100
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1988
Curfew
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Outdoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Beer/Wine/Champagne Only
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors Only
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Street Parking
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

Impressions of the former exercise yard still linger with traces of etched graffiti, overhead bars and the solid iron doorway acting as reminders of its history.

Modern additions such as the automatic weather-sensitive louvered roof, new raised floor and wooden stage ensure The Yard is a character-filled yet functional space.

The Yard is perfect for small to medium size events including intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions, private parties, cocktail functions, long table lunches, formal dinner parties, corporate events, meetings, small seminars and product launches. The great acoustics and size of the space also make it suitable for intimate live music and theatre performances.

Hire of The Yard may also include use of The Charge Room, the space from which entry into to The Lock-Up is made from Hunter Street. The Charge Room can be utilized for event registration, cocktails or general overflow space for The Yard.

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